MSU volleyball nets 1st-ever win vs West Texas A&M

MSU volleyball celebrates winning the first set, as they went on to record their first-ever win over WT on Friday / Source: KAUZ
MSU volleyball celebrates winning the first set, as they went on to record their first-ever win over WT on Friday / Source: KAUZ

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - For the first time in program history, Midwestern State took down West Texas A&M in a 3-0 sweep before capping off Friday with a 3-1 win over Newman (Kan.) inside D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
 
Coming into Friday afternoon's match, West Texas A&M had claimed 34-straight contests in the series with Midwestern State dating back to 1996. However, the Mustangs were able to make history Friday with Meghan Bettis pacing MSU with 10 kills in the victory over the Lady Buffs.
 
Midwestern State (11-11, 4-8 LSC) erased a 13-8 deficit in the opening set behind a 9-4 run to even the frame at 17 apiece. The Mustangs closed out the set on a 5-0 spurt to break a 20-20 tie with Raven Presley joining forces with Sarah Eakin and Bettis for blocks on the final two points to give MSU a 1-0 lead.
 
West Texas A&M (13-10, 7-6 LSC) totaled just six kills in the second set while committing eight errors with the Mustangs pulling out a 25-19 win. Bettis and Erin Richburg each tallied four kills in the frame, using a 5-0 run midway through the set to carry the momentum down the stretch and take a 2-0 lead.
 
Bettis hit .308 with five kills in the third to lift the Mustangs to a 25-20 win and the sweep. The game was point-for-point for a majority of the set before three WT attacking errors, a Kristan Aduddell ace and a block for Eakin and Presley sealed the victory. 
 
Midwestern totaled four players in double-figure kills for the first time this season with Bettis and Semer each posting 15 kills to lead the Mustangs past Newman (9-16) in four sets.
 
Bettis led MSU to a 25-20 opening set win with six kills and just one error for a .333 hitting percentage. A 4-0 run broke open a tied game late in the first set to give the Mustangs a 1-0 lead in the match.
 
Newman evened up the match with a 25-23 win in the second behind Kayla Turner's seven kills on 10 attacks with no errors. The Jets claimed a 19-15 advantage following a 3-0 spurt before the Mustangs knotted up the frame following a Kristin Silva ace. With Newman holding a 24-21 lead, MSU fended off a pair of set points before a kill by Hailey Braddy evened up the contest at 1-1.
 
Semer erupted for five kills on six swings in the third set as the Mustangs hit a match-best .314 to earn a 25-23 victory. Midwestern doubled up the Jets early in the set at 12-6 before Newman eventually knotted up the frame at 21-all following an ace for Sophia Helsing. However, Gholson and Semer each put down a kill and teamed up for a block to pull the Mustangs to the win in the third.
 
Semer followed up in the fourth with another five kills, committing no errors for the second-straight set on 12 attacks. The Mustangs began to pull away midway through the set, putting together a 13-4 run before coming away with a 25-15 win in the set.

Midwestern State wraps up its homestand Saturday at 1 p.m. against UT Permian Basin in D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

Women's soccer routs UTPB, 4-0

Sophomore Raven Powell provided her fourth game winner of the season while second half goals by Taylor Robinson, Sarah Stewart and Savannah Alford lifted No. 11 Midwestern State to a 4-0 rout of UT Permian Basin Friday evening at UTPB Turf Field.

Midwestern State (11-3-1, 6-2-1) struck early with Powell scoring her fourth goal of the season off an assist from Madison Davis less than 10 minutes into the contest for a 1-0 score.

The Mustangs erupted for a trio of goals less than 10 minutes apart early in the second half with Robinson pushing the MSU advantage to 2-0 off a Julia Orozco assist at the 50:15 mark. Stewart stretched the lead to 3-0 in the 57th minute before Alford capped off the scoring in the 61st minute for the 4-0 final.

MSU held UT Permian Basin (1-13-1, 1-9-0) to just two shots on goal for the night to match an opponent low as senior keeper Courtney Burnette and the Mustangs earned their ninth shutout of the season.

Midwestern State remained in second place in the Lone Star Conference standings, three points behind Angelo State, with three games remaining in league play.

Midwestern State concludes its regular season road slate Sunday with a 1 p.m. kickoff against LSC leader Angelo State at the ASU Soccer Field in San Angelo.

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